Sony Vaio Flip: Flipping display
Ever since the launch of Windows 8, laptop makers’ have tried to be creative with designs to optimise the machines. This year, Sony has launched a new take on the 2-in-1 laptop — the Vaio Flip, whose display flips 180 degrees. The laptop is quite portable at 1.31 kg (13-inch model with 128 GB SSD). But if you want more storage space, you lose out on the portability. The weight of the 14-inch variant with 1 TB storage is 1.96 kg. These laptops ship with Intel’s fourth generation Core i5 and i7 processors and Intel HD 4400 graphics. The Vaio Flip is available in four variants.
Micromax MAd A94: Watch ads, get ‘paid’
How about a smartphone that can pay you? Micromax has launched MAd A94 which allows users to watch commercials and earn credits into postpaid/pre-paid accounts. With one-time registration, the service will work for all subscribers across all operators. With a 4.5-inch touchscreen, the ads should be fun to watch. The smartphone packs a 1.2 GHz quad core processor, 1,800 mAh battery and runs Jelly Bean 4.2.2. MAd A94 has a 5-MP rear and front cameras, so your I-just-got-paid-for-watching-an-ad selfie is pretty clear in Facebook.
Metis Learning Eddy: Tablet for children
An Indian startup, Metis Learning, has launched tablet Eddy for children up to 10 years old. The tablet runs 4.2 Jelly Bean and comes with several games that help kids learn subjects such as mathematics. The tablet also has features to help parents monitor their children’s usage. Parents can create three child profiles on Eddy to personalise their learning experience. The tablet has a platform called Eddy Zone, which has content for children. Eddy can also access Google Play Store. The tablet comes with a shock-absorbing cover, in case the children decide to thump Learning Eddy on the floor.
Bike Mount Universal: Smartphone on a bike
Talking on the phone while riding a bike is not a good idea. But with Cygnett’s bike mounts, talking or even snapping a scene while biking could be a breeze. The accessories brand’s latest launch Bike Mount Universal I & II (for standard and large smartphones) and a bike mount for iPhone (5, 5S) have a zip-closure mechanism and additional foam inserts for a wide range of models. The universal mounts cost Rs 1,999, while the iPhone-only mount costs Rs 3,999. Cygnett says a key feature of these mounts is the easy installation and retrieval.
Magzter 3.0: Parental control on content
Magzter is an app where one can purchase some of the country’s top periodicals. With version 3.0, people can purchase books on the platform and use the parental control feature to keep age-restricted content away from children.